The old saying, “You can’t judge a book by it’s cover.” has rang true in multiple situations. Here is no different. In fact, this book gives you way more than expected. “Abandoned Property” is the follow up to author Kai Mann’s debut novel “30 Day Notice”. In “Abandoned Property”, we go deeper into the world of Kori Maitlan. We also learn more about her life and those in her inner circle: Jerard, Darius, Jay, Layla, Karina, and Coco.
In true Quentin Tarantino fashion, the beginning chapters bounce from the origins of one character to the next. It can be a little distracting but bear with it. As you make your way through the story, the characters grow up before your very eyes. Soon they become intertwined in life, love, and friendship. Each individual shares a common pain. The pain of Abandonment. In each story, somewhere in the character’s life, abandonment played a key role. We see the impact on all sides and situations. Even as Kori struggles to find herself in her new life, she is bombarded by thoughts of her children in another state with her ex-husband. She maintains contact with them yet she fears they may feel abandoned by her. Kai Mann draws us into that fear through the lives of the other characters. You see the mental scars of Kori’s friends and you really feel for all of them. You can’t help it because we have all been in similar situations.
And that is the beauty of this book. You are in this story. Each character represents you or someone you know. You’ve heard about someone in a situation similar to the ones in this book. I guarantee that you probably gave your best to that person and didn’t think anymore about it. “Abandoned Property” draws you in and doesn’t let you go that easy. You are fully immersed in their world. When you finish this book, the world you live in may not look the same. The stories and lessons in this novel will defiantly help you see people in a different light. The lines between race, creed, and color, vanish in a wave of empathy and enlightenment. If you are against the LGBT lifestyle, most people would say that this is not the book for you. Those people would be wrong. This is the book for you. You might change your mind and open your eyes for the better. This a great read! Holla at this book!